Considering that Erick Silva had a 2-2 record in the UFC heading into 2013, he didn't seem like much of a prospect on paper. However, both losses on that record deserve to be discussed before judgment can be passed.
Silva's first loss came via DQ when Mario Yamasaki made a preposterous call at UFC 142. The boneheaded decision came following a 29-second knockout from the Brazilian.
The second loss came after a hard-fought decision against Jon Fitch, who had been a Top 10 welterweight for several years. At one point, Silva had locked in a rear-naked choke against the crafty veteran.
OK. Now that we are past the pre-text, we can talk about Silva's 2013.
"Indio" returned to his brutal ways of winning in mid-2013 when he mauled Jason High at UFC on Fuel TV 10. With the victory, Silva was granted another opportunity to prove himself against a highly-regarded member of the welterweight division: Dong Hyun Kim.
A win over Kim would have established Silva as a true threat at 170 pounds. After all, the only loss Kim had ever suffered (outside of a freak injury) came against future champion Carlos Condit.
Pushed as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 29, Kim and Silva met on Wednesday night in Brazil. The affair featured heavy grappling in the early goings, as well as a successful flurry that made it look as if Silva would stop his Korean foe.
And then it happened.
In the blink of an eye, Kim threw a looping left hook that knocked Silva out cold. Before the referee was able to step in and stop the action, Kim dove on his felled opponent and delivered one of the most vicious hammer fists that the sport has ever seen.
With the loss, Erick Silva now holds a UFC record of 3-3 and has gone 0-2 against opponents ranked in the UFC's top 20.